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    Letters on Smarties lids

    Does anyone else remember the plastic lids that you used to get on tubes of smarties ?
    They used to have a letter on them, does anyone know the reason for this ?

    Just lacking sleep and thought of it as i cant really get my head round it.

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    Yep, I remember them but don't know why. My favourite was "c"

    Blast from the past but yes, I do remember the letters too. Think it was in the days where cheap plastic lids with letters on them kept kids amused for hours unlike nowadays

    They were meant as a teaching aid

    Smarties in the UK were traditionally sold in cylindrical cardboard tubes, capped with a colourful lid usually having a letter of the alphabet on it. The purpose of this, according to a Rowntrees' spokesperson in the 1980s, was for them to be useful as a teaching aid to encourage young children to recognise the letters. Over the last 25 years, Nestlé has manufactured five billion Smarties lids. Some lids are very rare and are now regarded as collectors' items.

    don't forget to put your seatbelt on tomorrow

    go to sleep now dannym


    dh058977

    They were meant as a teaching aid



    just beat me to it

    they dont put lids on them now do they they sealed the ends with cardboard

    Original Poster

    don't forget to put your seatbelt on tomorrowgo to sleep now dannym



    lol im definetly not going to forget to put the belt on tomorow. Still got another hour or so of life left in us for tonight.

    they dont put lids on them now do they they sealed the ends with … they dont put lids on them now do they they sealed the ends with cardboard



    Do we think this is down to a safety issue as the kids now are getting thicker and thicker and trying to eat the plastic ?

    Yep, I remember them but don't know why. My favourite was "c"



    I used to try and make my name out of it but just as i was collecting the last letter, they were thrown out

    used to pop the lids of by squeezing the tube


    nicster08

    used to pop the lids of by squeezing the tube



    laid them on the floor and jumped on the bugge*s ...

    dont they do jokes/trivia on the cardboard lids now?

    gay hexagonal tubes.....!

    Lol I didn't realise they had stopped putting plastic lids on them I guess its a safety thing incase kids swallow them.
    I used to love Smarties, especially the orange ones, they seemed to be the only ones that tasted any different

    Apparently the e-numbers in these made me go hyper when I was a kid!

    Being them back I say, I need a fix oO
    Edited by: "niminator" 14th Mar 2011

    good times!

    lol, no that wasnt the reason! it was to make smarties more "fresh and appealing" apparently!

    Emzy81

    Lol I didn't realise they had stopped putting plastic lids on them I … Lol I didn't realise they had stopped putting plastic lids on them I guess its a safety thing incase kids swallow them.I used to love Smarties, especially the orange ones, they seemed to be the only ones that tasted any different


    niminator

    Apparently the e-numbers in these made me go hyper when I was a kid!Being … Apparently the e-numbers in these made me go hyper when I was a kid!Being them back I say, I need a fix oO



    it was the blue one's apparently!

    do the orange ones really have orange flavoured chocolate in or is it a trick of the mind?


    sufcrock123

    do the orange ones really have orange flavoured chocolate in or is it a … do the orange ones really have orange flavoured chocolate in or is it a trick of the mind?



    Yes they do and my lovely daughter always saves me one xx


    ham82

    it was the blue one's apparently!



    wiki says you are wrong, its only because they couldn't find a natural blue dye that they removed blue, therefore leaving people to believe it was the blue smartie causing the issues, it was all the smarties that did it, but they found natural dyes for the other colours

    They're not as nice now with the natural colours, i'm sure they've done something to the chocolate too. Does anyone remember the limited edition white ones with greeny meanies?

    rare smarties lids? - explain further..
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